View Full Version : How do you animate a chain

02-12-2005, 09:34 PM
This has to be possible.

How would you animate a chain of a ten-speed bike? I知 interested in the actual movement of the chain. I知 at a lost on how to move close-looped geometry such as this chain. Similar solution would be use in moving the tread of a tank. This has to be possible. Please chime in.

02-13-2005, 07:47 AM
Hey William,
Long time no talk. You still in Broadripple? May have to stop by...

There are at least two ways to do it: the tank tread way and with a bone chain. Prem's Relativity has a scene to copy just this type of action.
The other way is to do it with a bone chain. With this, the droop on the bottom would be pretty easy to achieve. Mark Dunakin has a tute called "Slug" that explains this, if you are not familiar with it; and Prem has the snakemaker in Relativity.

William Vaughn posted something on this topic, too, as [8] was coming out.

Hope that helps.